Quotation by Sarah Fielding

The female part of the Cry (who had many of them often experienced a joyful self- approbation on being told by their admirers that all their perfection lay in folly and that to prove their wisdom they must shun, as poison, every offered instruction for fear of becoming disagreeable to their lovers) now felt rolling in their bosoms the highest anger and disdain. Not against their adorers for so preposterous a method of flattery, much less against themselves for receiving and being pleased with such absurd adulation: but all their indignation was pointed against Portia for daring to bring into open light the true meaning of such paradoxical stuff.
Sarah Fielding (1710–1768), British novelist, and Jane Collier. The Cry: A New Dramatic Fable, part 1, sc. 8 (1754).

In this text, the Cry is the name for a group of hostile critics.
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